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Window to the future

“If you want a change in the future-

Become a change in the present.”

M. Gandy


Omsk Lyceum Drama Theatre was created in 1994 on the base of theatrical class of Lyceum #66 Omsk: administration of the city supported the idea of a Honored Artist of Russia Vadim Reshetnikov and the Mayor of the city V.P.Raschupkin signed a resolution about opening the first Municipal Theatre.


Together with founders The Lyceum Theatre Charter was worked out, where it is written: “The main goals of the theatre are forming and satisfaction of different age children’s needs in stage art learning, acquaintance with the rots and achievements of domestic theatrical culture, spreading the taste and the basis of acting work.”



A lot of Honored Artists of Russia became teachers of The Lyceum Theatre among them are Vera Kanunnikova, Valery Alexeev, and stage director Sergey Timofeyev.


There was an intake of all-aged students in the beginning of September in the building of “Pervomayec” club. Managers of the oldest group were V. Reshetnikov with an Honored Artist of Russia V. Kanunnikova? The middle aged group was under control of Honored Artists of Russia V. Alexeyev and V. Prokop, and S. Timofeyev worked with a minor group.


The first theatrical season began with the work under the plays based on the stories that are beloved by children from the very childhood they were “Naked king” and “Snow white and seven dwarfs”.


Today The Lyceum Theatre has its own home: it is the building situated on Krasny Put street, 18b. It was a kindergarten, bicycle school and other institutes before. Right now this building reminds small palace: there’s a marble stairs finished with an oak parquet, the ceiling of literature and musical hall is shining with the whitest ceiling panels, there’s a auditorium for 75 places with a balcony and theme bas-relief, there’s any of the light and sound equipment needed, there’s a sound recording studio, ballet class with the equipment and mirrors, a hall and a changing room…


“Right now even capitals can be jealous to Omsk: here the first municipal theatre not only works but develops and lives…”



Theatre of the young gets not only building but its own home of art where there’s everything needed like: stage, an auditorium with a comfortable balcony, make-up rooms, machinery desk control and other..” – wrote “Novoe obozrenie”1 newspaper.


The idea of creating unique group was a continuation of K.Stanislavsky and E. Vakhtangov’s idea about an educating theatre-studio.


So is the way Vadim Reshetnikov told about the main idea of the theatre:   “The goal of the theatre is not to train future Art University students. This time the theatre is not a goal but a means. It a means to understand yourself and the people who surround you. Can it happen that someone would want to become a professional actor? Surely! But it’s not a goal.”2

Things that we giving them now are going to bloom in the future. This is a long-term deposit. This is, if you’d like, the some like guarantee of nation renaissance in general…The theatre is a mirror of that society in which it exists.


There are more and more publications appearing about The Lyceum Theatre in press with such headlines as “The Lyceum Theatre is serious and a long term matter” (“Omskaya pravda”, October,3 1997), “The Lyceum Theatre: the break to the XXI century” (“Novoe obozrenie”, 1997), “They are not green they are multicolored” (“Vecherniy Omsk”, 1997), “Lyceum students successfully finish their 5th anniversary” (“Novoe obozrenie”, May, 31 1999), “Their island called “Lyceum” a small essay about not small theatre” (“Vecherny Omsk. Special issue”- “City pedagogical council”, August, 24 1999), “Theatre is rising the level” (“Thursday”, November, 1999) “The road to the happiness The Lyceum Theatre showed” (“Namedni”, April, 4 2001)…



V. Reshetnikov became a laureate of a district theatrical competition in “Your work” nomination. And only then nevertheless love and recognition were achieved the group of Vadim Reshetnikov obtained status of professionals. Omsk Lyceum Drama Theatre was put in the “Roll of governmental theatres of the Russian Federation”. So is the way one more group of actors appeared in Omsk.


Today the professional company which is working on the evening repertoire consists of about 25 people. These are young people who are from 18 years old. Most of which combine work in the Theatre with getting a higher education in Omsk Universities.


Here a lot of school pupils are studying to be actors. There’re its own stage director, own director-teacher, audience and repertoire in each group.


The Lyceum Theatre is a well developed stair structure in which any talented child can get.



There’s a club for guys aging from 15 to 18 who are dreaming of stage and feel art potential. Actors of the theatre are training them, they teach them how to train the memory and reaction, how to develop observation, feel the rhythm, to concentrate the attention they show them esthetical communication, singing. Among obligatory “subjects” there’re such subjects as stage speech, plastics, dancing, actors art.


There’s no money taken for the education so art training and development is available to everyone. There’s a practice of involving children who don’t have parents into activity of the theatre and invite them to watch the plays.


Today we can say that The Lyceum Theatre is

  • A theatre that has no analogs in Russia, in Europe in the world (taking into account peculiarities of forming the company and theatre mission);
  • Unique repertoire where you can find vaudeville and farce, romantic story and musical fairytale, drama-warning and irony comedy;
  • Recognized receptors: the main stage director of the theatre Sergey Timofeyev, stage director and a teacher Zinaida Kostikova, Drama theatre actor Vladislav Puzirnikov;
  • “graduates” of The Lyceum Theatre in the main Theatrical Universities of Ekaterinburg, Moscow, Novosibirsk and Saint-Petersburg….


For these 17 years The Lyceum Theatre became one of Omsk “features”. “Indeed there’s no analog in Russia, Europe and the whole world”    - it is one of the number of outstanding actions of the city for the sake of the future, for the sake of saving the Culture.”